First of all, welcome! I do have a piece of advice for you...don't put a time limit on yourself. If you "wanna do it right & keep it off," imposing deadlines on yourself is a recipe for disaster. Not to say it can't be done because you very well may do it in that time, but setting that expectation can do more harm than good. If you want your changes to be lasting ones, then addressing the mental aspect as well as the physical is a necessity.
As an example, let's say I've set a goal to lose 4 lbs this month & I work my arse off the entire month. Then let's say at month-end I weigh in & have lost 3.5 lbs. Good right? Not if I've had that number 4 in my head all month...I could very well feel like a failure.
Rewind & do-over...let's say I don't pick a number & decide I will be happy with any progress in the right direction. I work my arse off the entire month, weigh in, find out I have lost 3.5 lbs & feel awesome!
If viewing the first scenario as failure sounds extreme to you, that's good...you've probably got your head in the right place & will have great success. Unfortunately there are hundreds of posts that come through this site every day of people viewing their own progress as failure because of these unrealistic expectations they've placed on themselves. It's sad.
Rest assured that there are just as many (if not more) positive, encouraging & supportive people on this site who will cheer you on every step of the way, & I'm proud to have a good number of them as my buddies here.
| NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS
| Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost2013:
still up from 1/1, but coming back down...2010:
50.4 lbs lost | 2011:
17 lbs lost | 2012:
1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/